Links 1/7/13

Links for you. Science:

Rats cannot have been intermediate hosts for Yersinia pestis during medieval plague epidemics in Northern Europe
Why you can’t bank on living longer if you’re overweight
The Javan Rhino – And then there was one
Is Fat Good? Epidemiologists struggle to explain a study that challenges a core belief: Fat will kill you. (I almost never agree with Lord Saletan, but after I had read the paper–and before reading his post–I thought many of the same things)
That Is Not an Ear Infection: Why are doctors so quick to prescribe antibiotics to your (wailing) toddler?
Flawed Statistics Make Almost Everyone’s Brain “Abnormal”
‘Elf and Safety gone mad: According to an article in Nature, scientists can’t be trusted to look after themselves. But maybe the problem lies elsewhere


No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish (must-read)
The case for plural “data”
The big issues in macroeconomics: the fiscal multiplier
Venezuelans Will Vote With Their Wallets
Lawyer Gives Up His Home to Homeless Family for a Year
The Endless Retreat of the Welfare State
3 Huge Myths About The Trillion Dollar Coin Plan To Save The Economy
Michael Hudson: America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Part IV– Why Financial and Tax Reform Should Go Together
Least stressful job of 2013: writing for Forbes
On How Forbes Online Was Taken Over By The Onion
Smartphones, Silly Users
‘Frontline’ raises questions about test-score tampering under Rhee
First up in entitlement reform: reform the words “entitlement reform”
Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment
Recovering from homelessness: Housing New York’s transient mentally ill

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